Himalayan cuisine isn't exactly popping up in every restaurant scene, but it is doing well enough in Westchester County that one entrepreneur plans to open his second-such restaurant.
Nuru Sherpa, a native of Nepal who has been in the U.S. for 15 years, says he will open a Jewel of Himalaya at 385 Halstead Avenue in Harrison as soon as he receives his state liquor license.
He was encouraged by the success of his first Jewel of Himalaya, in Yorktown. It was greeted so warmly by patrons that Westchester Magazine named it one of the county's best restaurant, and it attracted a New York Times review that noted, "Jewel has a menu of interesting, modestly priced dishes that are nourishing, warming and terrifically tasty."
You can see the menu here. The cuisine, which has touches of Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India, focuses heavily on fresh, organic ingredients prepared so they are low in fat, oils and dairy.
Large screens show documentaries and photos of the lifestyle, landscape and culture of the Himalayan region. Himalayan music plays over the loudspeaker.
"People who come here can educate themselves on our culture and experience a different part of the world," he said. "Customers don't just come to fill their stomach. They sit, relax, listen to wonderful music. Some people come and spend eight hours in the restaurant."
The restaurant is ready to open, and will be hosting its grand opening in the next couple of weeks once it receives its liquor license from the state. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Phone: (914) 630-7921.